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Foreign Film Series: “Dooman River”

Dooman RiverFilms will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. All showings are free. Films will be in their original language, with English subtitles.

Date

Sunday, April 27, 2014 

Country

Korea 

Language

Korean 

Description

Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border. 

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